Things are a little awkward around Firehouse 51 in tonight’s newest episode of Chicago Fire. Severide is purposely avoiding his girlfriend as she prepares for the lieutenant’s test, and Sylvie is purposely avoiding Casey for…well obvious reasons. All of this, plus a mystery surrounding an assignment given to Boden is what makes up the episode of the show’s return after a 2-week break.
After learning that the only reason Kidd is going to pass the test is because he’s respected in the department, Severide is staying out of the way of his girlfriend, which she’s picking up on. It gets to the point that he invites himself on Boden’s assignment to take a look at buildings condemned by the fire department to make sure everything is in order. On the other hand, Casey gets Sylvie’s cold shoulder as the team is called out on a car accident, where a massive LED billboard car has crashed into another car. As the team works to rescue the woman trapped in her car, Casey calms the woman, named Sydney, down, and they make the safe rescue, not without a little bit of flirting beforehand.
While 51 cleans up the streets, a neighboring firetruck arrives, and one of the firemen in that crew, Chuck Rutledge, bickers with Mouch, showing that there’s a little bit of history with these two vets. This problem is revealed to be about how Rutledge was sitting in Mouch’s spot on the couch, and it escalated into a massive prank war.
As Boden and Severide board up a building, they discuss their fathers who have passed on, and how Severide still is reminded of his father at random moments in his life, and Boden says that he’s the same about his father, who served as a police officer. Upon arriving at another house, it appears that someone has torn off the boards and is inside. Boden and Severide save an older man inside the house who fell through the stairs, but he doesn’t reveal his name leaving behind only a number: 24198. The hospital tells them that since they don’t know his name, he will be going under a John Doe register with the Chicago PD.
As Kidd prepares for the lieutenant’s test with Sylvie, Sydney, the victim in the car crash, arrives at the firehouse looking for Casey. She gives Casey her card and asks him out, and Casey agrees to see her (while through in a social distant date joke, remember this is happening in COVID!)
The prank war with Mouch and Rutledge continues as the Mouch puts a sign making fun of his old rival and his love of donuts outside Firehouse 40, and the lieutenant of that group, Greg Grainger, asks Casey if Sylvie is seeing anyone. While they look at the prank, Gianna mentions to Gallo that her kids are great pranksters, leaving Gallo nervous that he might be crushing on someone who already has kids. Rutledge then responds with a big billboard of Mouch giving donuts out at the firehouse for free.
At Molly’s, Greg, and Sylvie start flirting with drinks in hand, and a jealous Casey watches from afar. Thoughts on that later.
Kidd confronts Severide about his evasive behavior towards her, and he shrugs her off, leaving both of them just a little bit uncomfortable.
Back at the house where 24198 was, Severide finds a hat with the number written on it, which is shown to be a badge number. After an investigation, Henry Sidwell is revealed to be the mystery man, who has been suffering from dementia and wandered off to the house, since he and his wife used to live there. An emotional Boden reunites the two and has him thinking about his own life and how time can go by quickly.
Gallo and Mouch dump a huge truck of donuts on the steps of Firehouse 40, but a call from a construction site prevents them from gloating. The construction site was getting demolished when the charges went off too early, and Gianna finds herself taking care of a victim when another charge goes off. Thankfully, Gallo sprints like a madman over to her before the charge goes off and covers her and the victim. They give each other the look of “you just saved me, so I’m gonna kiss you,” but no kiss comes since there’s work to do. Gallo tries to ask Gianna out on a date to the playground and to bring her kid, but she said she was referencing a kid at a daycare that her parents run, she just calls them “my kids.” As the laughter subsides from that awkward moment, Rutledge drops a literal helicopter full of donuts on top of Firehouse 51, and Mouch waves a white flag to surrender. These firefighters sure have a lot of time on their hands…
As the episode ends, as usual at Molly’s, Boden advises Severide about facing troubles at home rather than avoiding them, because avoiding issues make everything worse. Boden then receives an urgent phone call and ducks out, and Casey sits at the other end of the bar, about to call up Sydney, opening the door to a new romance. Severide discovers that Kidd left his apartment because of the strain in their relationship.
Boden finds Henry Sidwell and tells him he can’t go back to that boarded-up house, but to hold onto the memories of the house like he has the memories of his father, and the episode ends with Henry giving Boden his police hat as a reminder of the memories.
Here’s where I’m at when it comes to some of the subplots of Fire: I like the fun little prank war of Mouch and his old co-worker. I’m okay with the Severide and Kidd subplot. While Severide isn’t being the best boyfriend in the world, his intentions are there, I just wish he would tell her that he’s avoiding her to make her want to work harder. It’s the Casey and Sylvie subplot line that I can’t really get behind. They had their flirtation, but Sylvie shut it down, yet continues to be jealous of him. I’m sure the show is going to gear around to them getting together eventually, I just think that the characterization of the two’s relationship is something that needs to the re-examined.
The main plotline of the episode was great: it’s rare we see Boden so emotionally vulnerable behind that stoic nature he has, so it was wonderful to see an episode where we get to see what emotion hides behind that big mustache of his. However, besides the Mouch plot, there was something left to be desired. The show is going to continue the Severide/Kidd, and Sylvie/Casey plotlines probably through the rest of the season, so I hope they can come to a resolution soon because it’s getting a little clunky for a show that has been going for nine seasons.
What did you think of the newest episode of the NBC hit? Leave a comment below.
Chicago Fire Finale Review: The Magnificent City of Chicago (10×22)
Wedding bells are ringing, and Casey makes his grand return for Chicago Fire’s epic season finale!
After Severide got jumped by a gang last week, it was time to plan a wedding! Herrmann gathered the entire firehouse together, and gave everyone (except Emma) jobs that will secure the quickest wedding setup in history. Stella even asked Boden to give her away at the altar. Despite the writing saying that Casey might not show up, Casey showed up! It was great to see Jesse Spencer back in the role we’ve gone so used to seeing him play for the last ten years.
With Sylvie back in the house, she threw Stella a surprise makeshift bachelorette party, which was freaking adorable. On the other hand, Casey and Severide had one of their old fashioned bro moments, since it is most likely going to be the last one we see of them.
Disaster struck as the venue they thought they had booked, had to go back on their word, as a previously cancelled wedding decided to be back on. Casey came to the rescue once again, as he bought out a tour boat for all the guests, and the captain of the ship will be able to marry Severide and Stella.
Severide started to meet with several officers who were looking to start a case against Thomas Campbell, who runs a narotic ring and organized the attack on Severide after the food truck case. While heading to talk to the investigators, Severide was attacked again, but shoved the henchman out a window in self-defense. Regardless, Severide still committed to testify to help the investigation.
The showdown between Emma and Violet came to a head as well. Sylvie returned to Chicago, and Violet filled her in on all of the blackmailing schemes that Emma has started up against her and Hawkins. Hawkins went to his higher ups and wanted to find a way for Violet to somehow escape this situation, even if he had to take the biggest hit for it.
A house fire brought some news to light about Emma. Violet, Stella, Gallo, and Emma were helping a pregnant woman next door neighbor who was hit with debris, when the fire started spreading to their location. Everyone else was calm, but Emma wanted to high-tail it out of the building without everyone. The fire stressed out Emma, and she bolted, abandoning the team inside. The team who had the guts to stay helped deliver the woman’s baby with flames all around them.
Hawkins, who arrived at the fire, saw the whole thing unfold, and discarded the blackmail, and fired Emma for abandoning her crew.
Casey gave Gallo his favorite axe, as he doesn’t use it a whole lot out in Oregon. This is quite literally the passing of the torch for the future of Firehouse 51, as Gallo is sure to grow as a firefighter in future seasons.
At the end, the wedding began, with John Legend’s “All of Me” playing, and I rolled my eyes since that was one of the most cliche things possible. They both had adorable wedding vows which I’m sure actors will use for future audition monologues.
Chief Boden danced during the party, and I think that’s the only important thing I’ll ever need to see on my screen the rest of the year. However, the door did close on Sylvie and Casey, as she decided to stay in Chicago, and he is going back to Oregon, where his life really is.
It wouldn’t be a finale without a cliffhanger! As Stella and Severide begin their honeymoon in a cabin, a mysterious truck silently arrives, assuming it might be someone hunting Severide.
This was a great finale! It tied up the loose ends of Emma’s situation (see, I told you there would be a loophole to get her out)! We also got Casey’s full conclusion, and even though it is the end of his time here, we at least get Sylvie back in Ambulance 61. Who knows, maybe they’ll continue to reference Casey in every episode like they did after he left. Season 11 is sure to be some great twists and stories, with Severide having to go against this narotics ring, and adjusting to married life. I think sparks are in the air for Violet and Gallo…again.
What did you think of tonight’s season 10 closer? Leave a comment below.
Chicago Fire Review: Last Chance (10×21)
Tonight’s penultimate episode of this season of Chicago Fire had our central couple at odds, another couple fighting off blackmail, and an unlikely couple solving a mystery.
A car crash involving a food truck was the central case of the week, after a propane tank in the truck nearly exploded. They were able to detain the fire beforehand, but it was near close. The chef of the truck was incredibly desperate to find the truck, and Cruz and Severide looked for it. Once they tracked the lot the truck was at, a glance into the truck revealed that the propane tank that didn’t explode was actually full of drugs. With a special cameo from Hailey Upton, they arrested the chef before he could attack Severide.
Turns out, Severide messed with the wrong people, and he was lured into a back alley and attacked, while a mysterious man in a car watched. It looks like Severide is going to have to escape from the cartel!
Severide and Stella are going through pre-wedding jitters. Their professional argument last week involving Gallo drove a wedge into their relationship, as the two love to never discuss anything with each other after something tense happens with them. Herrmann gave Stella some advice about love and that conquers all, the usual flair that Herrmann gives it. At the hospital after the attack, Severide and Stella reconciled and decided to have their wedding next week (season finale time)!
With Emma threatening all sorts of threats to Violet and Hawkins, the two of them were skating on thin ice to avoid her wrath. Violet continued to give Emma the cold shoulder throughout work, in the most comedic middle-school like way.
After Violet told Gallo about the situation, Gallo went to Hawkins to see what he was doing about it. Hawkins showed him Emma’s file, where there appeared to be tampering with previous records, specifically disciplinary. Gallo went to Emma’s old firehouse to ask the chief about it, and although appearing hesitant, he gave no details to Gallo about Emma’s history.
On a call at a crowded street, Emma tried to take charge from under Violet, leading to yet another public argument between the two. During the bickering, a car swerved onto the street, and Violet pulled her nemesis from getting hit. Violet helping her shifted Emma’s plans ever so slightly: rather than go for Violet’s job, she’s going to go for Sylvie’s so that she can always be with Violet! Emma is, I must say, out of her mind, for even trying this, and I’m certain it will all go away very soon.
The comedic sideplot gave two very small characters a chance to shine. Capp and Tony broke Mouch’s favorite couch while playing catch with an egg, and Mouch launched a full investigation to find the culprit, and recruited Ritter to help him. In a world full of Dick Wolf shows, it was like a mini Law and Order episode. The case was solved when photo evidence of Capp and the couch covered in egg yolk did the two solve this mystery. They even bribed Capp to bring his own couch from home as a replacement for the one he broke. I say this show gets another spin-off: Mouch and Ritter.
Next week is the season finale, with the wedding we have all been waiting for, as well as the return of the man himself, Matthew Casey! This will probably be Casey’s swan song, so it’s time to take it all in while we can!
What did you think of tonight’s episode? Leave a comment below!
Chicago Fire Review: Halfway to the Moon (10×20)
Chicago Fire returned after a three week break tonight, with a daring rescue, wedding plans, bar openings, and a plot to take someone’s job.
Severide has been training Gallo to join Squad 3, as Gallo’s peaked interest in vertical rescue has inspired Severide to take him under his wing. This was brought to the test as a construction worker was hanging for dear life on a crane. Gallo joined Severide up on top of the crane, and Gallo was able to successfully save the worker with no trouble at all.
Gallo informed Stella of his desire to try out for Squad, and she began accusing Severide of stealing people from her team, not wanting to change things that are working well. Severide even told her that these conversations were happening when Casey was running the show, so everything predates her, but Stella shut it all down, not wanting to let Gallo grow professionally. Severide stuck with his girl, and persuaded Gallo to stay away from Squad for the time being, and to get as much experience on Truck 81.
Stella then saw how much going on Squad means to Gallo, and said that she would support him no matter what he decides to do. Gallo then visited Pelham at his new firehouse, who told him to not overthink anything, and the only person he should really be listening to is himself.
Gallo then told Stella that he wants to stay on Truck 81, and does not plan on trying for Squad yet. It was the strongest decision that I think he could make for the sake of his career.
Violet uncovered Emma’s possible plot to take her job as paramedic in charge, and she was having absolutely none of it. Emma even asked Gallo out at one point, who was promptly rejected. Emma continued to exhibit her awkward and attention grabbing behavior around Violet, Gallo, and Ritter throughout the episode, causing general confusion and nervousness all around.
Emma opened up to Mason about the rifts in the social setting, and admitted that exaggerated her background to impress them. Mason assured her that everything is fine, but Emma still felt bummed about it all.
While on a call to help a patient in the field who needed help breathing, Emma saw that there was no nebulizer mask in their jump bag, which Violet had put in when she restocked. A makeshift one was made in the heat of the moment, but it made the rift between the two that match greater. Violet inadvertently accused Emma of messing with the bag, further angering her. Ritter assured Violet that there isn’t any way that Emma would put a patient in danger to make Violet look bad.
Turns out, the whole thing was a big old fashioned RUSE, because Emma went to Chief Hawkins, threatening him to transfer Violet out of 51, or she’ll put in a negligence complaint in with the department for the mask incident. Hawkins’ hands are tied in the situation, considering he’s dating Violet.
A family friend of Herrmann, Sean DeGrimes, asked Herrmann about his best advice to open a bar, as Molly’s is his favorite bar of all time apparently. Herrmann gave him advice on how to run a great institution. Turns out the bar that he’s opening is called Olly’s, and has the exact same layout and design as Molly’s, right down to the wall decorations. Herrmann had lawyers on the phone ready to go, but his wife had to swing by and stop him from doing anything drastic. Sean just wanted to do something that he had always wanted to do, and Herrmann inspired him, even if it looks like a copy.
Gallo’s characterization throughout this whole season has just been phenomenal. I think he’s really grown into his own, and it’s been showing the last several episodes.
I’ve been pretty into this Emma storyline throughout. I think it’s insanity that one person actually WOULD put patients in danger just to make one person look bad, and kudos to whoever came up with that idea, because this B plot has become my primary focus through the rest of the season. Emma is going to keep trying to gaslight, gatekeep, girlboss her way to be paramedic in charge, and I’m sure she’ll be stopped in one way or another.
What did you think of tonight’s episode? Will Emma take control of Violet’s job? Leave a comment below!
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